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(SNO) — Export Saint Lucia is expressing confidence that some fruits from the island will soon hit the United States (US) market.
Sunita Daniel, chief executive officer of Export Saint Lucia, said presently fruits such as sour sop, mangoes and golden apples are not allowed into the US.
But change is on the horizon as contacts have been made with top agricultural officials in the US on the matter.
“During the mango season we see an abundance of mangoes, some even going to waste in St. Lucia, while there is a great demand for these products in the US,” she said.
She stated that discussions have been held with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a contact was given at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Together with our Ministry of Agriculture we will examine how we can start the conversation with the USDA on lifting those restrictions for these agricultural products,” Daniel explained. “So very soon we should see the export of golden apples and mangoes to the US market.”
In February 2019, Export Saint Lucia made a familiarization and fact-finding mission to the US market.
It said that the US market has been one of the most coveted yet difficult to penetrate but will continue to actively pursue opportunities to the US.
“Border regulations, including sanitary and phyto-sanitary regulations, and other non-tariff barriers, have made it increasingly difficult for small countries like Saint Lucia to successfully penetrate these markets,” the organization said.
Daniel has hailed the mission a success.